Do not spurn a broken heart

Finally, in the 19th verse of Psalm 51, the penitent offers up themselves:

Psalm 51:19: “My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.”

(Via USCCB.)

The penitent’s soul and very being is offered as a sacrifice. The penitent is stating that their entire self depends upon God for their happiness, and in order to maintain that union they are offering up as a sacrifice all that they are in repentance and conversion.

This is an utterly humble declaration. Some saints have stated that they are perfectly willing to be completely annihilated if it glorifies God more. An ultimate sacrifice for the beloved.

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  1. How many times I've prayed this, in 'my own words' over my life. You've a very wonderful blog. I've sent the link to a friend who's attempting to help our mutual friend overcome his addiction to alcohol. Please pray for S.R. Thank you for the great reminder of St. Matt Talbot! God bless.

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